COVID-19 UPDATE: 49 succumb to Coronavirus in a single day as 327 recover

Health workers at Mulago Specialised National Hospital undergo disinfection upon leaving the COVID-19 isolation and treatment unit (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA — Uganda has registered its highest number of COVID-19 deaths for a single day as a dramatic rise in infections fuelled by new variant grips the country.

The 49 deaths recorded on Wednesday June 23 mean Uganda’s official coronavirus death toll now stands at 830 people, according to the Ministry of Health data released on Friday June 25.

The figure marks the highest rate of deaths over a 24-hour-period since the virus was first recorded in the country.

It came against the backdrop of a sharp uptick in cases that authorities blame on the highly transmissible variant, first identified in India.

The number of new infections recorded on Wednesday was 1, 025. At least 327 people recovered from the virus in the same people.

Ministry of Health data shows Uganda’s cumulative cases is 76,562.

Amid the surge, officials are pushing to speed up the slow rate of vaccination across the country.

President Yoweri Museveni declared Friday June 25 a 4th National Prayer Session for interdenominational prayers.

He stated that he had declared the public holiday in order to facilitate a national day of prayer in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Meanwhile, Uganda will join the United Kingdom travel red list – banning travel – as a deadly second wave of infections sweeps the country.

In a revised advisory released Thursday June 24, the British High Commission said the travel ban takes effect on June 29.

British and Irish nationals can travel to the UK from Uganda, but they must now isolate for 10 days in a government-approved hotel.

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